Accession Number : ADA486312


Title :   Adaptive Optics Photometry and Astrometry of Binary Stars. III. A Faint Companion Search of O-Star Systems


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON DC ASTROMETRY DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Turner, Nils H ; Brummelaar, Theo A ; Roberts, Lewis C ; Mason, Brian D ; Hartkoff, William I ; Gies, Douglas R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a486312.pdf


Report Date : Aug 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 13


Abstract : We present the results of an adaptive optics survey for faint companions among Galactic O-type star systems (with V 8) using the Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) 3.6 m telescope on Haleakala. We surveyed these O-star systems in the I -band, typically being able to detect a companion with a magnitude difference of deltam(sub I) or 6 in the projected separation range 0.5 rho 1.0, and deltam(sub I) or 9.5 in the range 1.0 rho 5.0. In the course of the survey, we discovered 40 new companions among 31 of the 116 objects examined and made astrometric and differential magnitude measurements of 24 additional known pairs, several of them being confirmation detections. We present new astrometric orbits for two binaries, BU 1032AB (WDS 05387- 0236; sigma Ori AB) and SEE 322 (WDS 17158-3344; HD 155889AB). We lack magnitude differences for other filter bands, so it is difficult to determine physical from line-of-sight companions, but we present empirical arguments for the limiting magnitude difference where field contamination is significant.


Descriptors :   *SPHERICAL ASTRONOMY , *PHOTOMETRY , *ORBITS , *BINARY STARS , *STARS , I BAND , ADAPTIVE OPTICS , FILTERS , ELECTROOPTICS , REPRINTS , BANDS(STRIPS) , CONTAMINATION


Subject Categories : Astronomy
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE